Changing Pain

As Lightning Process Practitioners we often see clients who are dealing with chronic and persistent pain and discomfort. Medical understanding of chronic pain is increasing and changing all the time. Fascinating work has been done by Lorimer  Moseley in Australia, by Golden and Moskovitz in the U.S. and many more. See References below

What we now know is that pain is connected to neuroplasticity; that is, the ability of your brain to change in response to how you use it. If, for example, you sustain an injury or experience an illness or inflammation that causes pain your brain creates a new pathway. If this pathway is used often then it will become even easier to use. In chronic pain your brain can respond to what it identifies as danger even when the danger has passed.


Although it feels as though we experience pain at the site of an injury, we now know that all pain is experienced in the brain. Acute pain is a useful response which helps us to know that we need to take care of ourselves in some way. Once it becomes chronic pain – usually thought to be pain we experience for more than 3 months – then this means that if we can find a way to change what our brain is doing, we may be able to change our experience of it.

Last week at our Lightning Process Conference I learned about the website which explains the work of Golden and Moskovitz. If you are interested in how chronic pain works and what can be done about it I can recommend this fascinating site. You can also look at the Professor Lorimer Moseley site here

And his fascinating Ted Talk ‘Why Things Hurt’ on Youtube

The ideas overlap with how The Lightning Process training approaches moving on from chronic pain in that the LP uses the concept of brain plasticity and new learning in some similar ways. shows you an infographic about how pain works by the Australian Health Service